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Harland Bartholomew and the City of Vancouver

These records were created between 1926 and 1948 by Harland Bartholomew for the Vancouver Town Planning Commission. Their digitization was funded by Bing Thom Architects as a gift to the City of Vancouver for its 125th birthday.

Harland Bartholomew was trained as a civil engineer. In 1919, he founded the urban planning firm Harland Bartholomew and Associates in St. Louis. He used an innovative approach to planning design: engineers, architects and landscape architects worked as a team. His firm created comprehensive plans for hundreds of cities, predominately in the US.

His scientific approach influenced the evolution of planning as a discipline. He also introduced public participation into the process of planning in the form of citizen advisory committees. The firm was respected and experienced by the time it was engaged by the Vancouver Town Planning Commission. Bartholomew died in 1989 at the age of 100.

The Vancouver Town Planning Commission was established by Vancouver City Council February 1, 1926 with the authority to prepare and maintain a town plan, including harbour, railway, rapid-transit, and street-railway plans, and to carry out the land use designations and regulations called for in the plan.

The first comprehensive town plan was prepared for the Commission by Harland Bartholomew and Associates in 1928 and revised in 1929 to include the newly added municipalities of South Vancouver and Point Grey. After Vancouver’s amalgamation with South Vancouver and Point Grey, the Town Planning Commission contracted Harland Bartholomew and Associates to draft a new Zoning By-law.

Bartholomew’s company wrote numerous follow-up planning reports between 1944 and 1948. In consultation with the Town Planning Commission and Harland Bartholomew and Associates, City Council decided in 1950 that city planning had become sufficiently complex to require a dedicated Planning Department, which was in place by 1952.


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Harland Bartholomew and the City of Vancouver
by Vancouver Town Planning Commission; Harland Bartholomew and Associates; Hudson, William D.
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Dated September, 1927 on cover. Report includes the following sections: Canadian Pacific Railway; North Shore Yards; Industrial Development; Uniform Switching Rates Possible with Terminal Company; Joint Use of Railway Facilities; Interchange Methods; Grade Crossing Elimination; Promotion of Industrial Development; Disposition of False Creek Channel; Canadian National Railway; Great Northern Railway; British Columbia Electric Railway; Harbour Commission's Terminal Railway; Grain Movement to...
Topics: Committees, boards and commissions - City, City planning - Harbour and waterfront development
Harland Bartholomew and the City of Vancouver
by Point Grey Town Planning Commission; Harland Bartholomew and Associates; Hudson, William D.
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Title of map at end of report: "No. 82 : plan of foreshore at Point Grey, B.C., applied for by Vancouver Terminals Co., deposited by Vancouver Terminals Co. . . . the 28th day of February 1912". Report was acquired from the City of Vancouver Planning Department Library. Dated 12 June, 1928.
Topic: City planning - Harbour and waterfront development